Jet Linx grounds fleet for its fourth annual safety summit

By Doug Gollan, May 6, 2020

The IS-BAO Stage 3 Part 135 private jet operator held this year’s meeting virtually

Private jet management and jet card membership provider Jet Linx Aviation grounded its fleet earlier this week. However, in this case, it was for its fourth annual Safety Summit, although this one was held virtually.

Normally, Jet Linx closes its bases with team members flying to its Omaha, Nebraska headquarters for the meeting.

Jet Linx’s Virtual Safety Summit

Rather than canceling the company-wide conference due to COVID-19, Jet Linx once again voluntarily grounded its fleet of 112 aircraft.

This virtual meeting included 450 flight crew, operations, maintenance, and support team members, and guest speakers. The two-day online event is designed to further advance the best safety practices and standards of excellence that exceed government regulations and guidelines.

“Safety is at the very core of Jet Linx’s ethos and now more than ever, it is imperative to continue developing, implementing and upholding the leading standards in the private aviation industry, no matter the conditions,” said Sheryl Clarke, Jet Linx’s director of Safety & Security.

She continued, “Our annual Safety Summit demonstrates our commitment to prioritizing passenger and team member safety and I am proud to be part of a company that is dedicated to the highest standards both in-flight and on the ground.”

This year’s Safety Summit was co-led by Clarke and focused on “Managing Through Crisis,” which included the COVID-19 pandemic response and management, safety culture, maintenance safety, and emergency response best practices.

The two-day event also featured guest speakers Mike Leinbach, the final Shuttle Launch Director for the Space Shuttle Program at NASA, and Colonel Laurel “Buff” Burkel, United States Air Force, Retired.

“For over 20 years, safety has been a cornerstone of our company and we remain fully dedicated to safeguarding our clients, flight crews and ground personnel,” said Jamie Walker, President & CEO of Jet Linx.

He noted, “As the only air carrier in the United States that voluntarily grounds its fleet to focus on advancing safety standards, we are proud to invest the necessary time, energy and resources required. This initiative, as well as the recent application of the BIOPROTECTUs System, further reaffirms Jet Linx’s continued vigilance, dedication, and strong safety culture.”

Jet Card program

The Safety Summit follows the Part 135 operator’s March 2020 deployment of the BIOPROTECTUs System by ViaClean Technologies to disinfect and protect all Jet Linx aircraft, private base terminals, and facilities.

Jet Linx offers a pay-as-you-go jet card program, although it recently added a deposit option. It serves customers in 18 U.S. markets, offering private terminals so travelers can avoid busy FBOs.

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